The 2014 edition of TNA’s Slammiversary spectacular is one of the few pay-per-views the company produces each year, and the excitement surrounding the show has hardcore and casual Impact Wrestling fans interested.
With the TNA World Heavyweight Championship to be contested between Eric Young and MVP, as well as a grudge match featuring Bully Ray vs. Ethan Carter III, this show will be a unique mix of technical wrestling, brute force and hardcore action.
Add in the fact that Kurt Angle will be in attendance to name the third member of the TNA Hall of Fame, and this is going to be a wild night of wrestling:
Here is all the vital viewing information, match card, predictions and a main event preview for the 2014 edition of Slammiversary.
Where: College Park Center, Arlington, Texas
When: Sunday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. ET
Watch: Pay-per-view (local service provider)
|Eric Young (c) vs. World Title Qualifier 1 vs. World Title Qualifier 2||Triple Threat Steel Cage Match||World Heavyweight Championship||n/a|
|Ethan Carter III vs. Bully Ray||Texas Death Match||N/A||ECIII|
|Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe||World Title Qualifier 1||N/A||Samoa Joe|
|Austin Aries vs. Kenny King||World Title Qualifier 2||N/A||Austin Aries|
|Manik vs. Tigre Uno vs. Crazzy Steve vs. Sanada (c) vs. Eddie Edwards vs. Davey Richards||Ladder Match||X Division Championship||Sanada|
|Willow vs. Magnus||N/A||N/A||Magnus|
|James Storm vs. Mr. Anderson||N/A||N/A||James Storm|
|Angelina Love (c) vs. Gail Kim||N/A||Knockouts Championship||Angelina Love|
Main Event Preview: Eric Young vs. MVP
*Please note that this was written prior to the main event being changed.
The main event for the 2014 Slammiversary PPV will feature defending TNA world heavyweight champion Eric Young squaring off with the director of wrestling operations MVP in a steel cage match.
Young won the title from Magnus and has been booked incredibly strong during his run. The first-time champion may have met his match in MVP, though, especially after the heel turn that shocked the wrestling world.
After doing everything in his power to get Young a fair shot at the title and booking him in almost every title defense he asked for, MVP announced that he would be the No. 1 contender challenging for the world championship at Slammiversary.
The swerve has drawn legitimate excitement surrounding the possibility of a title change.
Another reason fans should be on the look for a possible changing of the guard is the television ratings and their decline since Young took over as champion. According to Marc Middleton of Wrestling Inc., last week’s show scored the lowest rating since November of 2013.
While Young has been booked strong and has fulfilled his role well, the fans aren’t buying his reign right now. On the other hand, MVP is drawing serious heat as the company’s top heel, so putting the belt around his waist is a smart transitional move.
Another factor to consider in this main event match is the rumors circulating about a possible knee injury to MVP. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via Wrestling Inc.) the No. 1 contender suffered the injury while overseas and reportedly needed to get an MRI to diagnose the extent of the damage.
The possibility of an issue with the main event would be a major problem for TNA, but MVP is a long-time veteran of the business. He knows his physical capabilities and knows how to work around injuries if needed.
Who will walk out of Slammiversary with the TNA World Heavyweight Championship?
While MVP is the answer right now, the company needs a face it can market the brand around, and there is no better option than Samoa Joe. With the desire to keep Joe as a good guy while still keeping Young a face, TNA could easily make MVP the transitional champion it needs.
The hope is the steel cage will keep MVP’s goons, Bobby Lashley and Kenny King, from interfering in the bout, but Impact Wrestling fans know all too well that this could end up turning into a huge ordeal.
Predicted Winner: MVP
*Information via ImpactWrestling.com.
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